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    Default Checking hydraulic fluid???

    Its a Massey Ferguson 255 with a FEL. When checking the fluid does the hydraulics need to be extended or does even matter since its a push pull system? Also does it need to be running?

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Checking hydraulic fluid???

    Shouldn't matter on the cylinders, like you say its push pull with only the piston rod volume making a difference. I would run it up to temp, then check the amount of oil in the sump knowing that any oil galleries were still pretty well full. On my JD the main criteria is to have the tractor on level ground.

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    Default Re: Checking hydraulic fluid???

    I agree.. if it used SA cyl's.. I'd extend them.. otherwise, it should be ok to check when static...

    soundguy

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    Default Re: Checking hydraulic fluid???

    Just make sure you have the tractor on a level a spot as possible.
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    Default Re: Checking hydraulic fluid???

    Just wanted to add if your having a hard time seeing the fluid brush the end of the dip stick with a black magic marker...much easier on the peepers doing that.
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    Default Re: Checking hydraulic fluid???

    Quote Originally Posted by savageactor7 View Post
    Just wanted to add if your having a hard time seeing the fluid brush the end of the dip stick with a black magic marker...much easier on the peepers doing that.
    Or add a red dye to the fluid. Dye sold by Caterpillar so I imagine it is trustworthy.

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    Default Re: Checking hydraulic fluid???

    I've drilled small #10 or #12 holes in wide blade oil dipsticks before.. right at the fill line.. Intersecting the hole that is.. that way you can se the oil or thru the hole..

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    Quote Originally Posted by IslandTractor View Post
    Or add a red dye to the fluid. Dye sold by Caterpillar so I imagine it is trustworthy.
    Do you have a link for that?
    /edit from experience I carry a paper towel and touch it to the paper towel, another thread here recommended a blue shop towel.
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    Default Re: Checking hydraulic fluid???

    Quote Originally Posted by newbury View Post
    Do you have a link for that?
    /edit from experience I carry a paper towel and touch it to the paper towel, another thread here recommended a blue shop towel.
    No link. It is just a tip I picked up on TBN. Caterpiller dealers apparently carry the dye.

    I use the paper towel method myself but would add the dye if I ever run across a Caterpillar dealer.

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